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Professor in Sustainability and Urban Planning, Leader, Interdisciplinary Conservation Science Research Group (ICON Science), RMIT University

Professor Sarah Bekessy leads the ICON Science research group at RMIT University ( which uses interdisciplinary approaches to solve complex biodiversity conservation problems. She is particularly interested in understanding the role of human behaviour in conservation and in designing cities to encourage ‘every day nature’ experiences. She co-developed the Biodiversity Sensitive Urban Design protocol that has now been used by numerous developers, governments and non-government organisations to design innovative urban biodiversity strategies.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer, environment and planning, RMIT University
  • 2016–present
    Professor, RMIT University


  • 2003 
    University of Melbourne, PhD/Botany